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Kern County, California — January 19, 2013

A motorist died after crashing his dirt bike near the intersection of 60th Street West and Anjanette Avenue in Mojave Saturday evening.

According to California Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Thomas Dean Okada of Ventura was traveling on his dirt bike around 5:20 p.m. when he lost control for unknown reasons and crashed. The impact caused him to be thrown from the vehicle.

Mr. Okada died at the scene from his injuries. No one else was involved.

Officials are conducting an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this incident.

Nearly 213,000 people were treated each year in emergency departments for outdoor recreational injuries from 2004 to 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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